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Dyspraxia In Adults – Causes And Symptoms

It is not a regular sight to see a man in his forties finding it difficult to use cutlery properly while eating. I came across such a case last Sunday while eating dinner at a fine restaurant. Dyspraxia In Adults results in unsatisfactory and insignificant body postures, inadequate cognitive abilities and difficult emotional and behavioral outbursts and reactions. Lack of optimum functioning of certain neurons of the nervous system can cause Dyspraxia in adults.

Symptoms Of Motor Learning Difficulty In Adults:
This disorder is life long where the development of certain motor skills that are required to perform everyday activities is weak. The organization of movements is hard for simple as well as complicated tasks. Other names for this condition are perceptuo-motor dysfunction, minimal brain dysfunction, and clumsy child syndrome.

Simple Skills:

  • Every day life activities like grooming, dressing, tying shoe laces, etc are laborious for them.
  • They are uncomfortable when using their hands. Two handed exercises or tasks like using knife, fork, or with simple goals like dish washing, etc.
  • A person with an awkward way of walking. Finds it difficult to find a good balance.

Complicated Motor Skills:

  • They find it hard to balance both the sides of the body and have poor balance.
  • They find it problematic to stand for lengthy time due to the weak muscles.
  • Riding a bicycle or walking up and down the hills is not easy.
  • It is tiresome for them to drive.
  • They usually bump into things, people, or walls.

Coordination Skills:

  • They have a problem with eye-to-hand coordination. And all the activities that require this coordination. For example bowling, batting, catching etc.
  • They tend to use both the hands dominantly for different things. There is no evident dominance of one hand over the other.
  • They experience a weak grasp and hence are clumsy while holding a pen, key, lock, or while doing any craft or art work, shaving, or putting on make up.
  • Have difficulty with eye movements. It is hard for them to keep track of a moving object and also experience discomfort when they shift their eyes from one object to another.
  • Can do one thing at a time. A task involving a sequence of movements angers and frustrates them.

Speech, Language, And Perception Problem:

  • High pitch, volume, and tone while speaking. Also, they repeat their words and speak very fast.
  • Over sensitive to sound and cannot differentiate between one sound from another being played in the background.
  • Cannot differentiate between the different voices like judging tone. Troublesome to understand non-verbal gestures.
  • Sensitive to touch. They usually dislike being touched overtly and do not like loose or tight clothes.
  • Do not have a good sense of direction, speed, light, distance, and weight.
  • They have short span of attention. Find it hard to keep their focus for longer periods of time.
  • They have a bad memory, and have trouble with sequences and accuracy.
  • They leave tasks incomplete.

Emotional Trouble:

  • They are not team players. They have a trouble with large groups and may totally avoid it.
  • Emotionally impulsive, temperamentally erratic, and are hard to please.
  • Have temperamental tantrums, show frequent emotional outbursts, and are easily prone to stress, depression, anxiety, and low confidence and self esteem.
  • They do not adapt well to new situations, people, and changes at first. It takes lot of time for them to adjust.
  • They usually have difficulty in getting sound sleep.
  • Get easily frustrated and avoid doing things that are not easy for them.

These symptoms are not characteristic only to dyspraxia in adults. Different people with the condition experience a few of these symptoms.

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